History & Mission

History & Mission

Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.

The Sisters of Notre Dame founded Notre Dame College in 1922 as a Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution for women. Over the years, Notre Dame always embraced the challenge of adapting to the changing needs of its students and has seen many changes. In 2001, NDC admitted men paving the way for continuous growth of the College through the addition of both new programs and athletics. Since then, enrollment has risen to a record high of almost 2,000 students.

This growth can be attributed to our career-oriented liberal arts programs that help students succeed in the real world. We offer bachelor's degrees in 30 majors, with interdisciplinary programs and self-designed majors, and exceptional programs in education, business and science.

Our athletic program has also grown tremendously over the past 10 years. Today, the Falcons participate in 22 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. In July 2011, Notre Dame was approved for provisional status in the NCAA membership process. Being approved for a provisional year advances Falcon athletic programs one step closer to becoming a full-fledged NCAA Division II member in time for the 2012-13 academic year.

Above all, the College strives to provide a mission-focused, values-based, private Catholic education to students who might otherwise not have access to such an experience. Our mission is to be faithful to the College’s Catholic heritage and identity. It is to be faithful to the charisma of the Sisters of Notre Dame, who sought to provide a student-centered education characterized by excellence.

Explore the following pages to find out more about the rich history and mission of Notre Dame College!